Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Video Credit: Golders/@Globoesportecom
This is the “paranormal activity” of a ball dropping from the air before suddenly moving back up during a Chapecoense match – the Brazilian side who suffered the tragic plane crash which killed nearly all their team.
The bizarre incident was recorded during Chapecoense’s 2-1 home defeat to Atletico Mineiro held at the Arena Conda when the home side’s substitute Diego Torres was taking a corner in the 86th minute in the match.
In the video, Torres’ corner goes deep into the box and the ball falls to centre back Gum, who skies it over the bar.
Pictures Credit: Golders/@Globoesportecom
However, replays show how the ball was seemingly dropping out of the sky when it suddenly began to rise again.
Local media have dubbed the ball’s movement “paranormal” and match commentator Daniel Pereira said: “I didn’t notice it at the time. There was no way to see it, but if I had noticed it I would have spoken about it, no doubt. It’s something from ‘Almeida’s Supernatural’. I think I’d have to send it to a detective.”
Almeida’s Supernatural (Sobrenatural de Almeida) is a character created by Brazilian journalist and playwright Nelson Rodrigues. The character was a ghost responsible for everything bad that happened to Fluminense Football Club.
Netizens were shocked by the video, with one commenting: “Don’t forget that stadium has very strong energy, several people had their funeral there.”
Brazilian news outlet Globo report that three cameramen who analysed the video ruled out any “optical illusions” or problems with the camera, saying that a “strong current of wind” was probably responsible for the ball’s bizarre movement.
Alencar Migliavacca, a physics professor at the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina in Brazil said that the ball “appeared to collide with something” but said that “there does not seem to be anything near it or moving away after the event”.
The professor agreed that a strong current of wind is the most likely explanation.
Chapecoense were struck by tragedy on 28th November 2016 when a plane transporting the team to a match in Colombia crashed.
Seventy-one of the 77 people on board the plane died, including 19 Chapecoense players and the Head Coach of the team.
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